PM Modi breaks silence on Kathua and Unnao rapes, even as…

Indian activists and students protest over the rape of a child near Jammu and a rape case in Uttar Pradesh.  AFP

Indian activists and students protest over the rape of a child near Jammu and a rape case in Uttar Pradesh. AFP

The brutal rape and murder case of the eight-year-old Asifa has made itself heard overseas as well. "Even counsel representing the victim was threatened", said a group of Bakarwals, who had gathered from across the state under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir youth Bakarwal association.

The two state BJP ministers who resigned, Lal Singh and Chandar Prakash Ganga, had expressed support of the so-called Hindu Ekta Manch, a body created in Kathua to back the demand for a CBI probe.

"The SIT sleuths took the CCTV footage of the exam centre at KK Jain College in Khatauli with them".

As people across India has launched a nationwide stir to seek justice for the eight-year-old who was brutally gang-raped and then murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, the United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has also condemned the incident and has said the minor's perpetrators should be punished for the crime.

Ms Mufti's People's Democratic Party and the BJP had nearly reached a breaking point after the two BJP leaders participated in a rally on March 1 to protest against the Crime Branch.

As per the 15-page chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch in the chief judicial magistrate's court on Monday, the entire crime was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority Bakherwal nomadic community from the area.

"If my husband, my son and nephew have done it, let them be hanged", said Darshana Devi, wife of retired revenue officer Sanjhi Ram, believed to be the prime conspirator in the crime.

The father of the 8-year-old girl, who was gangraped and killed, in Udhampur.

The PDP and the BJP are in alliance in Jammu and Kashmir. The communal section of Jammu raped the Muslim nomad girl because they wanted to push out Muslims from Jammu.

Rolly Shivhare, a women and child rights activist, believes it is hard for an ordinary citizen to get justice.

"The government should ensure speedy justice in this case through fast track court".

Massive protest rallies demanding justice for the minor victims and punishment for the accused in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases were held over the last few days. "Their colonies have come up and government is putting their number at 15000, while as the number of their families have swelled to over 22000", she said. Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime.

Mufti also directed DGP (Director General of Police) of Jammu and Kashmir to terminate services of three accused police man including a Sub-inspector.

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